/// Specification /
Studio Arc 480 is a semester devoted specefically to the programming portion of architectural design. The site I chose was heavily based on the prescribed condition of contextual isolation and historicism. The distinctive problem is dislocation of place in terms of physical and historical pretences. The project is an adaptive restoration of the Standard Knitting Mill factory building, 1400 Washington Avenue, located on the edge of what is now the Parkridge community in East Knoxville, Tennessee. The former mill has a prominent industrial history in terms of function as a textile manufacturing factory within the constructs of the Knoxville area. The industrial nature of the mill
building and the adjacent railroad tracks and small scale carpentry shops conflicts greatly with the adjacent public outdoor spaces, providing opportunity for a rigorous re-development of site and built environment. The present contextual forces combined with historical evidence of program will act as key forces in devising a specific, progressively focused intention.
/// Living Monument /
Dislocation of place asks the logical question of how to relocate and re-form the area with the valid opportunity given by the natural history of a textile mill in the center of the greater South-East. The Standard Mill site sits in a very distinctive in-between locality, compressed by two developing historic suburbs on the East and West and the urban textured downtown slightly South-West. The issue of re-programming the existing building is that of an interpretation of what was and what could benefit and produce a greater objective for living, thinking individuals. The program of the mill building will act as living monument to design and utilize human skill by embodying the procession of industrial
design; in doing so the functions of the site will re-introduce a design oriented character to the South-East Region. The building will become the center for Knoll International, the mainstay in industrial design with influences directly from the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College of North Carolina. It will function as a design research and educational institution which instills the ideals of collective product design interlocked with a physical production studio and large scale exhibition gallery.
Status: School Project
Location: Parkridge, Knoxville, Tennessee, US